What is breathwork? Well, for me it was the first exercise my therapist taught me when I was dealing with panic attack. And if you are patient.. it can work for you too.
Breathwork can help with aid positive self-development, boost immunity, process emotions, heal emotional pain and trauma, develop life skills, develop or increase self-awareness, enrich creativity, improve personal and professional relationships, increase confidence, self-image, and self-esteem, increase joy and happiness, overcome addictions, reduce stress and anxiety levels, release negative thoughts. Need more of a reason? Sure
Breathwork can also help improve things like anger issues, anxiety, chronic pain, depression, emotional effects of illness, grief, trauma and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
Here are a few types of breathing exercises that are used in various practices.
- box breathing
- diaphragmatic breathing
- pursed lip breathing
- 4-7-8- breathing
- alternate nostril breaths
When I get really amped up I like to use the 4-7-8 method were you take a 4 second breath and let it out, then a 7 second inhale and exhale and then in for 8 out for 8. Something out the counting does it for me.
If that one is too hard to remember in the heat of the moment, try to box method. Inhale for 4, hold for 4, exhale for 4 and hold again for 4. I like to close my eyes and imagine drawing a cube in my head.
Remember to be patient, it takes a lot of practice, but you will get the hang of it.
Keep it up!